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Tanya Wright is a two-time Screen Actors Guild award winner for her portrayal of Crystal Burset in Orange is the New Black. She has starred in some of the most highly rated, critically acclaimed shows of our time including "24", ER, THE GOOD WIFE and 7 seasons on HBO's TRUE BLOOD --gaining her first-rate media education from some of the most prolific, talented and dynamic show runners in the history of television. Tanya has written and directed content for brands like Genesis Press Publishing and National Black Leadership Commission on AIDS. Before she embarked on an acting career, Tanya worked at the New York Times and companies like J. Crew and Estee Lauder as a content creator.
Tanya has written, produced and starred in the feature film, Butterfly Rising (semi-finalist/HBO Best Narrative Feature); was a playwriting fellow at the Mark Taper Lab and has authored 2 books.Wright’s “A Turn to Grace,” (a script set against the Harlem Renaissance), was a semi-finalist in the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ annual Nicholl’s Screenwriting Competition (the Oscars). Likewise, the Mark Taper Forum’s Blacksmyth’s Playwriting Program performed her “Prelude to a Revolution.” Tanya has written, produced, directed and starred in all content for her @hairiette haircare line where she received the SOBRO award for Most Innovative Business. She created and taught her BUA class (Business of the Unique Artist) to MFA writing, acting and directing candidates at The New School in NYC. She is the author of several TV pilots and feature films. She earned a literature degree from Vassar College.